It was my goal to have 27 colors of silk organza dyed to use as a starting point for um, something. My color choices were somewhat random I’ll admit. I am so excited about these beautiful samples of organza!
In each case I used Dharma Trading’s Acid Dyes and their Citric Acid. I have no idea what I’m doing or why, I’m just following what I’ve been told by Dharma and friends. I’m just having fun! I will get into the science of it if I decide to pursue this path again.
Roxane Lessa wrote me that it’s a lot easier to heat set the dyes using the sun instead of microwaving each individual package. I was all over that one! I started the same way with a 26″ square of silk organza stuffed into an XL “quart” baggie. I added a teaspoon of citric acid and a scant 1/4 teaspoon of each dye. I removed as much air as possible, massaged the package, then zipped up each bag and laid them in the sun. Roxane said 4 hours should set the dye. Just to be sure I “cooked” them for 10 hours.
This time I used significantly less dye and the silk soaked up all the dye, leaving clear water surrounding the silk in most cases. That was a win! I rinsed the bulk of the dye off and then went inside to treat each piece with the Synthrapol.
Oh I was excited at this point-such fabulous, vibrant color. I feel myself being sucked into The Dyeing Vortex. At this point I am still resisting…
Each color family had it’s own private Synthrapol bath with a color catcher. Even the color catchers were pretty!
Just me or does this look like an amniotic sac with an embryo of some odd creature? Little baby silk guys perhaps? Yes, the reds were bleeders alright.
After lots and lots of rinsing (I think I used more Synthrapol than the directions suggested) I had my little wads of loveliness. It was kind of like a box of chocolates at this point, each one a delicious flavor.
I gathered up all the samples when they were dry. I had a euphoric moment with each as I ironed them and admired their beauty.
There are advantages to being a neophyte-the dye was not dispersed evenly. I love this!
Some were almost shobori looking. I couldn’t get this beauty if I tried on purpose.
Okay for years I have sat on the sidelines of this whole dyeing/surface design thing. I still haven’t drank the whole glass of Kool-Aid, but, now I get it. I see why artists are reluctant to cut into that gorgeous piece of fabric, instead keeping it in their stash for years, occasionally petting it. I now understand that to the dye-ers eyes, commercial fabric seems so boring by comparison. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with these but I find myself walking into my studio and fondling them. Maybe they exist just to give me joy!
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